Zur Korrektur­dauer von Doktor­arbeiten: ein Appell an die Dekane der rechts­wissen­schaftlichen Fakultäten in Deutschland

Die meisten rechtswissenschaftlichen Doktorarbeiten werden binnen weniger Monate korrigiert. Es ist aber ein nicht zu ignorierender Missstand, dass manche Promotionskandidatinnen und -kandidaten weit über ein Jahr, teilweise über zwei Jahre auf die Korrektur ihrer Arbeit warten müssen. Das trifft junge Menschen, die sich über mehrere Jahre hinweg einer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit gewidmet haben und dann nicht […]

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The Return of Power-Sharing in Northern Ireland

After three years power-sharing government has returned to Northern Ireland following extensive discussions and the recent publication of a document by the British and Irish governments. It is a lengthy text containing many proposals, plans and initiatives; the relative incoherence is evidence of the conflicting challenges faced. At the core of the dilemma is how to encourage the representatives of the two main communities in Northern Ireland (nationalist-unionist) to share power once again.

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Volume 8, Issue 3

November 2019


Global Constitutionalism

Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

  • The constitutions of international organisations: How institutional design seeks to foster diplomatic deliberation
  • The transnational dimension of constitutional rights: Framing and taming ,private' governance beyond the state

Why the Turkish Constitutional Court’s Wikipedia Decision is No Reason to Celebrate

The Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC) recently lifted the ban on Wikipedia and a surge of, in my view, unwarranted optimism has now sprung out of nowhere both among international and Turkish circles following the case closely. I fail to share this optimism. By all means, the lifting of the ban on Wikipedia is something to be happy about. But the timing and content of the TCC’s decision, when especially read through the political context in which it was handed down, do not give much reason to celebrate.

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Personal instead of Institutional Power

The gist of the constitutional reform suggestions in Russia is to cement the power of Vladimir Putin once he leaves the office, and to make this in a safe, controlled environment. The latter aim cannot be achieved within the boundaries established by the Constitution. Thus, the constitutional requirements are thrown into the litter bin of necessity. However, circumventing formal procedures still calls for a sort of justification. That is why the proposed plan relies on substitutes that would mask its deficiencies.

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Grundrechts-Mobile statt starrer Kompetenz­schichten

Die Entscheidungen zum Recht auf Vergessen sind ein Befreiungsschlag zur institutionellen Selbstbehauptung, mit dem das BVerfG im Grundrechtsbereich gegen einen drohenden stillen Bedeutungsverlust ankämpft. Es ist aber auch der Versuch, bei der Formierung der gemeineuropäischen Grundrechtsarchitektur eine aktivere Rolle zu spielen. Institutionelle Konflikte sind hierbei vorprogrammiert.

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Junqueras’ Immunity: An Example of Judicial Dialogue

There is no doubt that the criminal prosecution of the "Catalan question" is a stress test for Spanish Justice. One of the last episodes, now with a European dimension, has been the "euro-immunity" of Junqueras. And, in this respect, the political and journalistic readings of the judicial decisions issued by the Spanish Supreme Court and by the Court of Justice of the European Union emphasize the confrontation. However, in my modest opinion, I believe that these decisions are an example of dialogue between courts, necessary to manage the current pluralism where legal orders are intertwined without clear hierarchies.

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Ausgangspunkt ist das Gewaltverbot, nicht die Rechtfertigung

Das Gewaltverbot, ein Grundpfeiler des Völkerrechts, verbietet grundsätzlich die Anwendung von Gewalt gegen einen anderen Staat. Es ist zwingendes Recht. Nur ausnahmsweise ist der Einsatz von Gewalt gerechtfertigt. Schon aus diesem Grundsatz-Ausnahme-Verhältnis folgt, dass die USA die Gründe für eine Rechtfertigung selbst vorbringen müssten. Der bisherige Begründungsansatz der USA vermag diese Verstöße jedoch nicht hinreichend zu rechtfertigen.

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Protecting All the Flags but Not the Freedom of Speech

According to news reports, Germany’s governing “grand coalition” now wants to extend protected status to the flags of other nations as well. Oddly enough, the Stars and Stripes might soon enjoy more protection in Germany than in the United States. It is not entirely clear what one should make of this curious possibility. It is rather clearer that, if the proposal becomes law, it likely won’t – and shouldn’t – survive judicial scrutiny.

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